In 2009, with the addition of the 6000 square foot banquet hall, the leaders of the Hormel Historic Home made the commitment to offer programs that benefit the community of Austin. With the rise in diagnosed cases of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, the HHH decided to offer a space where the needs of families affected by ASD could be met.
We now offer the Circle of Friends Day Camp for kids entering 1st through 5th grade and All Access Community Explorations, a 10 session camp for youth entering 6th through 12th grades. In 2015 we added Camp Just for Me in order to meet the needs of kids on the Spectrum who need greater assistance. CJFM is a 5 session program for up to 5 young people ages 7-17.
In order to allow our younger campers to get together throughout the year we started the ASD Respite and Teen Night Program which offers parents a few hours off and the kids a fun night of socializing and activity at the Austin YMCA. Respite night programming is currently available for youth in K-12th grades.
In 2017, the Autism Friendly Austin Initiative was launched with the goal of making the entire community of Austin aware of how those on the spectrum can be included in the community. The AFA initiative has trained and qualified businesses and services providers as Autism Friendly and has hosted a variety of activities dedicated to raising awareness of Autism throughout the year.
Downloadable Social Narrative to assist those with sensory processing disorders when visiting the Hormel Historic Home.
Downloadable 2019 ASD Programming Report.
Online Camp Registration click here.
Print All Access Community Explorations Registration Form. Print Circle of Friends Day Camp Registration Form.
Print Camp Just for Me Form.
The autism programming at the Hormel Historic Home relies on fundraising and donations. All money raised remains in Mower County to support youth on the Autism Spectrum. Thank you for considering making a tax deductible donation today.
Resources to help families cope with the COVID-19 pandemic
Carol Gray Pandemics and the Corona Virus Social Story
Dealing with Coronavirus Anxiety
Narative to explain coronavirus situation
How to cope with school closures resource
Music Therapy at home resource Toneworks Music Therapy Services LLC.
Visit Autism Speaks for more resources
Autism Parenting Magazine Resources
Ideas for at home activities
TV Shows: Atypical and The Good Doctor
Movies: The Tenple Grandin Movie
Books (Adult): Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night, House Rules
Books (Young Readers): Rules
ASD Parent/Caregiver Network: Healthy Relationships for All Abilities
Learn more about the programming by view the videos below.
More videos available on YouTube
Long version, 9 minutes
Short version, 3 minutes
2020 Virtual Walk Sponsors
Thanks to all who sponsored, donated, sent us photos or videos! You helped us raise over $4000 to support area youth on the autism spectrum!
Bollingberg Chiropractic~CRC~Family Eye Care Center of Austin~Games People Play~Laura Helle~Matchbox Children’s Theatre~McFarlandTruck Lines, Inc.~Medicap Pharmacy ~ Midtown Auto Clinic ~ Palleton~Rolling Green Fencing, Inc.~Worlein Funeral Home
2019 Walk Sponsors and Corporate Contributors
Bollingberg Chiropractic ~ Family Eye Care ~ Games People Play ~ Holiday Inn ~ Mayo Clinic Health System ~ McFarland Truck Lines ~ Midtown Auto Clinic ~ Pizza Ranch ~ Potach & Mitchell Dental Clinic ~ QPP ~ Rolling Green Fencing
Cooperative Response Center, Precision Signs, Rocko's Retreat and Doggy Day Care ~ Southeast MN Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Associates ~ Worlein Funeral Home
2018 Walk Sponsors and Corporate Contributors
Bollingberg Chiropractic ~ Family Eye Care ~ Games People Play ~ Holiday Inn ~ Mayo Clinic Health System ~ McFarland Truck Lines ~ Midtown Auto Clinic ~ Rolling Green Fencing ~
Minnesota Southbound Rollers ~ QPP ~ Pizza Ranch
CRC, Hormel Foods, Precision Signs, Worlein Funeral Home, YMCA
Click on the Autism Fund button above to make a tax deductible donation to the Hormel Historic Home Autism Programming.
The Autism Programming at the Hormel Historic Home relies on Grants, Camp Fees, Fundraisers, and Donations. We would greatly appreciate your support.